Top 3 Things To Do in Monterey CA

top 3 things to do in monterey caPerhaps you’ve come to Monterey, California to visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and drive along the scenic17-Mile Drive. You decide to visit the area for three days and you’re wondering: “What else is there to do in Monterey?”

 

Here are our Top 3 Things to Do in Monterey CA:

Day 1: A Scenic Drive along Highway One through Big Sur Country

Day 2: Whale Watching

Day 3: Kayaking

Day 1: Forbes, Falcon Guides, and Lonely Planet have all named Highway One as one the best scenic drives in the country. Trip Advisor boasts that the 17-Mile Drive is one of the top five attractions in Monterey, CA. Along the drive just north of Monterey, you’ll encounter the Elkhorn Slough wetlands, the Moss Landing fishing port, artichoke fields galore, and giant sand dunes reaching to the beautiful beaches. Continue a few miles south, and see gigantic Cypress Forests and the ruggedly spectacular Carmel coast line. Soon you’ll approach the giant stands of Redwoods and the bridges of the famed Big Sur country. Big Sur calls to every adventurous traveler with its grand beauty. Located in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula, our Monterey Bed and Breakfast is a perfect departure point for your drive along California’s beautiful Highway One.

Day 2: Many of us know that the big Blue Whale is the largest mammal, but, even so,top 3 things to do in monterey ca it’s nearly impossible to fathom the size until you’ve seen one up close and personal! Whales can be seen year round here on the Monterey Bay. Right now is a great time for Humpback and Blue Whales, and coming through soon will be the Gray Whales. Some guests at breakfast recently mentioned they had seen a pod of Orcas out there too (yikes!). Start your expedition with any number of companies located on Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf. While we can’t guarantee the exact position of the whales, we can guarantee that at our Old Monterey Inn you’ll have a warm, cozy, welcoming place to return to after braving the sea all day, so see all your Monterey Lodging options at our award winning accommodations! 

Day 3: Our final suggestion for adventure during your visit to Monterey is Kayaking for two in the wildlife sanctuary at Elkhorn Slough. The water is calm, perfect for kayakers of any level! We’ll make sure you have what you need: kayaks, paddling orientations, wetsuits, paddle jackets, life vests, back rests, and a picnic basket with towels, fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks. Elkhorn Slough has such a wonderful day in store for you: sea otters playing in the water just around your kayaks and a whole ecosystem of birds—white-tailed kite, red-shouldered hawk, barn owl, chestnut-backed chickadee, and oak titmouse. Birders unite! Our Old Monterey Inn Specials include a kayak package, call us for more details.

We look forward to welcoming you to our warm, cozy Old Monterey Inn, setting you off on the road of adventure, and hearing all about it when you get back!

 

Monterey, CA’s Historical Cannery Row: John Steinbeck’s Playground

Monterey Cannery Row and John Steinbeck's playgroundAs Fall sets in across the States, we are enjoying a spectacular Indian summer here in Monterey. Our 1.25 acres of gardens at The Old Monterey Inn, a Monterey Bed and Breakfast, are steeped in fog in the early morning, and are then basked in the late morning and early afternoon sun. 

Start your day with a gourmet breakfast in our 1929 European style dining room and then enjoy a stroll along the Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Path. See personal sail boats dock amid the barks of sea lions and squawks of pelicans, cormorants, and blue herons. 

The world famous Cannery Row is a mile-and-a-half down the Bike Path. Steeped in literary history, Cannery Row harkens back to the time of John Steinbeck’s former stomping grounds—even today, Ed Ricketts’ (“Doc”) house and laboratory still stand and are available for viewing. As Steinbeck described, “Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants […] and little crowded groceries, and laboratories[…]”  Discover Cannery Row today and return to the Old Monterey Inn at night—your own luxurious, historical getaway.

You might even discover that Cannery Row, or, as Steinbeck describes it, “the hour of the pearl—the interval between day and night when time stops and examines itself” provides you the unique opportunity to reflect on your own happiness and the beauty that surrounds you in Monterey, California and at our very own Monterey Luxury Lodging: Old Monterey Inn

 

September at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is Stellar!

Monterey bay aquariumThis week, The Old Monterey Inn would like to give special recognition to our beloved and world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an attraction that is iconic of Monterey’s symbiotic relationship with the ocean. Everyone—from the expert oceanographer to the curious child— takes away something special from the Aquarium experience. 

This past year has seen quite a few additions to the Aquarium’s marine life exhibits.  Namely the two newest exhibits, the romantic seahorse exhibit and the 70’s style jammin’ jellyfish exhibit as both are great fun for visitors of all ages. Also, be sure to check out the aquarium’s new Weedy Sea Dragon babies on YouTube. Hopefully, the larger they get, the easier it will be to spot them!  

Each month the aquarium hosts a medley of events that include dinner at the aquarium, daytime shows, scheduled sea otter feedings, ocean-themed arts and crafts work space for kids, and much more! Just last week two of our guests had a picnic breakfast on the way to an early morning feeding at the Aquarium during which they had the opportunity to feed the fishes! 

One of this month’s events is to show your support for California’s Ocean at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on Saturday September 22, 2012. Join the Monterey Bay Aquarium for an extraordinary evening of food and wine featuring some of California’s most admired female celebrity chefs and winemakers. 

As a favorite Monterey getaway, we strongly encourage guests to save some of your precious vacation time for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. VIP Aquarium passes can be purchased at the Inn. Purchasing them here at the Old Monterey Inn will save you the trouble of waiting in line at the gates and are valid for two consecutive days, so let us know when you would like to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.   

One of our Favorite Monterey Events: Monterey County Fair is Here!

Monterey eventsThe Annual Monterey County Fair is this Labor Day weekend 2012! Actually, the fair begins Wed., Aug. 29th with Kid’s Day as all kids under 12 are free on Kid’s day! Then, Thurs., Aug. 30th is Senior’s Day & Dollar Day. On Fri., Aug. 31st, we honor our Military with a day where all active and retired military enter free with valid ID. The Junior Livestock Auction Events will be occurring on Sat., Sept. 1st. Then, on Sun., Sept. 2nd is Fiesta Day, and the fair ends with Picnic day on Labor day! For a complete and detailed list of events each day, see the daily schedules.

As always, the Monterey County Fairgrounds will be hosting a myriad of shows, rodeos, cowboy bootcamp, contests, carnival rides, concerts, family entertainment, and after-hours fun, and much more for all ages to enjoy! For all information regarding one of the best Monterey events, the Monterey County Fair website has it all. 

Here at the Old Monterey Inn, a favorite Monterey bed and breakfast getaway, we are big fans of community events that bring people from our neighboring, agricultural towns and cities together. If you are in town staying with us or have future plans to do so, check out what’s going on for the week! Enjoy the Fair, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Cannery Row while you are in Monterey. We look forward to seeing you!  

Monterey County Celebrates 20th Annual Winemakers Celebration!

monterey county b&bWith so many events around the Monterey Peninsula, wine tasting at our outstanding wineries of Monterey County deserves to be high on the list! Few people realize that Carmel Valley, which is just a few short miles from our Monterey B & B, is home to 39,300 acres of vineyards, which produce grapes for 83 wineries (per WinesVinesData).
The heart of the tasting rooms for Monterey County is located in the tiny village of Carmel Valley about 12 miles off of Highway 1, and luckily enough, Monterey County’s 20th Annual Winemakers Celebration is coming on Saturday, August 11th from 1 to 4 pm at the Barnyard Village Shopping Center in beautiful Carmel is the location which will host over 40 Wineries providing 150 wines. Great food, live music, and awesome scenery await you! Lawrence and I definitely want to join you there!
If you want to make a weekend of it while you are enjoying the Monterey County Annual Winemakers Celebration, we would love to have you stay at our luxury Monterey County b&b while rooms are available!

New Jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Monterey bed and breakfastGreetings! We just heard some news from the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
Being one of the most popular attractions near our romantic getaway in CA, the Monterey Bay Aquarium should be considered a must see during your next visit to the Monterey Peninsula.
Our guests at our Monterey bed and breakfast continue to return from their aquarium experiences raving about the variety of sea life and the beautiful displays. The folks at the Monterey Bay aquarium continue to outdo themselves as they have just announced the addition of the “Crown Jellies” to the already fabulous Jellies Experience.
Being the first aquarium in the world to display these amazing animals, we feel very fortunate that the aquarium is just a few short miles from our Monterey luxury B & B. Also during your visit, make sure you meet Abby the sea otter and her playful friends!
The Old Monterey Inn Bed and Breakfast has two-day VIP passes for sale, no waiting in line! Monterey Bay Aquarium is open from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (8 pm on weekends) during the summer. See you there!

Happy Birthday Monterey!

Monterey Peninsula b&bThis weekend will mark the 242nd birthday of the wonderful City of Monterey! Our beautiful city is actually one of the most historic locations in California; Colton Hall is where the State of California was born. Monterey served as the Capital City under both the Spanish and Mexican flag from 1777 to 1846. The U.S. flag was ultimately raised over California at the Customs House next to famous Fisherman’s Wharf, less than a mile from our Monterey bed and breakfast! The city of Monterey boasts California’s first theatre, public building, public library, publicly funded school, printing press, and newspaper! At our Monterey Peninsula B&B we offer brochures to a self-guided walking tour called the Path of History, which starts just down the street. The California State Park system also offers fully guided tours of these same attractions. For tour schedules please call (831) 649-7118.

We would love to share more information with you! Come visit us soon at our romantic Monterey bed and breakfast!

Fun and Out of the Ordinary Events in Monterey!

I came across some really fun events happening very close to our Monterey bed and breakfast just a few weekends away on Friday June 1st, and Saturday, June 2nd. The “Wine Trolley” will pick up passengers Friday the 3rd at 11:00 am, a few blocks from here at the Portola Plaza, and take them on a memorable 5-hour tour of the fantastic local wineries!

Monterey Bed and Breakfast

You will climb aboard “Hattie the Magnificent Trolley”, and visit the best wineries in the area. Besides the fabulous vino, the scenery en route in Carmel Valley is magnificent! Cool and fun event!

Bed and Breakfast in Monterey

Next on the list, that same weekend, are the awesome Ghost Tours of Monterey! This 90-minute trolley tour (which also picks up at Portola Plaza) tells epic tales of the Old Town and times of romance, drama, and intrigue! Visit ancient burial grounds, the ghost in the garden (not our garden!), hauntings, hangings, and frequent ghostly sightings! For more info click on the links above or call (831) 624-1700.

We hope to see you soon at our bed and breakfast in Monterey!

Katy

The 27th Presentation of the Big Sur Marathon!

monterey ca bed and breakfast marathon

The running of the Big Sur Marathon is this Sunday, April 29th just a hop, skip, and a jump from our Monterey CA Bed and Breakfast! The Big Sur Marathon is considered by marathoners as one of the “Bucket List” races to complete during your running career, and has been named as the “Best Destination Marathon in North America”. Considered one of the top three marathons in the country (along with Boston and New York), Big Sur will host 4,500 runners in the 26.2 mile marathon (sold out year after year), and approximately 11,000 runners all told in the other weekend events which include a marathon relay, 21 miler, 10.6 miler, 9 miler, and a 5K. That’s a lot of people running up the coast by our Monterey Bay bed and breakfast next to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world! I am happy to say I will be one of the 4500 runners competing in the full marathon which begins by Pfeiffer State Park and ends the 26.2 mile jaunt in Carmel (pretty nice place to finish!). This will be my first Big Sur Marathon, and my eighth marathon overall. I am just as nervous every time, but I think I am ready! We would love to have you comecheer us on!

Kayaking near our Monterey Bed and Breakfast

monterey bed and breakfast kayak

Well, I just sent a few of our Monterey Bed and Breakfast guests to go Sea Kayaking out at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and decided with the warm weather we are expecting this week and weekend, it was perfect timing to write a few words about! We like to send our guests to the Monterey Bay Kayak company (very helpful and friendly) and there are two main locations you can paddle your kayaks from. One location is out on the Monterey Bay, starting at Monterey Beach by Fisherman’s Wharf, and the other location is the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing about 20 minutes north of our Monterey Bed and Breakfast. The Elkhorn Slough is the location I have paddled from, and as a beginning kayaker I must say it was absolutely fabulous! The kayak company provides all of the equipment, right down to the waterproof pants and jackets (your feet will get wet though!) and instruction on the beach before you set out. The Slough is one of California’s last remaining tidal estuary reserves, and wildlife is everywhere! The water is crystal clear and calm (and not nearly as cold as I thought!), and the scenery is beautiful! We had sea otters popping up right next to our kayaks, harbor seals sleeping in the sun all along the shores, sea lions barking on the docks and swimming all around us. It is a very fun and memorable experience to take in during your stay at Old Monterey Inn!

We have a great kayak package available at our Monterey Bay Bed and Breakfast, and we would love to see you soon!

Cheers!

Katy